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“I went to see the collection three nights ago and was literally slack-jawed the whole way through,” Coco Rocha told Style.com at Christie’s New York last night before bidding on Elizabeth Taylor’s couture collection kicked off. “I love the fact that pieces were not hand-picked by some stylist for her—this was her personal taste, her collection.”
For that reason, the auction has garnered an unrivaled interest from bidders around the world—people want to own a part of the legendary Liz. After Tuesday night’s jewelry auction, which brought in a record-breaking $115 million, the mood in the auction room on the second floor was tense last night in anticipation of how the Versace bolero jackets and Dior gowns would sell. They did not disappoint—sales of the couture clothes soared to a total of $2.6 million last night.
Minutes after 7 p.m., Christie’s Los Angeles president Andrea Fiuczynski took her place on the stand and readied her gavel, despite the relatively empty auction room (for the most part, buyers were bidding on the phone and online). After Christie’s CEO Marc Porter made the surprise announcement that the famed Irene Sharaff yellow silk chiffon wedding dress from Taylor’s first marriage to Richard Burton is being donated to a major American museum (the specific one has not been revealed), bidding began.
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Madonna’s New Album Deal, The New Frat Of Flatiron, Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewel Collections Breaks Records, And More…
Madonna might be busy promoting her new directorial effort, W.E., but that doesn’t mean her music career is behind her. Madge has a new three-album deal with Universal Music Group’s Interscope at a base of $1 million per album. [Page Six]
Should a collar always be popped? The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica headed to the new Brooks Brothers Flatiron store (a.k.a. frat row) to find his answer: “pop, pop, pop.” [NYT]
Elizabeth Taylor’s enviable jewelry collection raked in a record $115 million at last night’s Christie’s auction. The infamous 33-carat diamond ring alone sold for more than $8.8 million (originally it was estimated to sell for $2 million or $3 million). [Huff Po]
The royal couple is bound for the South Pacific next year. To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, William and Kate are set for a tour through Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu on the Queen’s behalf. [WWD]
“I wanted to share my collection with others so they could get a glimpse of the joys, the thrills, and the pure happiness that these beautiful creations have given me,” Elizabeth Taylor once said. It’s a line that now covers one of the purple walls at Christie’s New York, where the Hollywood legend’s jewels, clothes, handbags, and artwork have arrived after a two-month-long world tour. There’s the expected bling and baubles, most notably the Cartier Taj Mahal diamond (bidding to begin at $300,000), the 33.19-carat diamond ring Richard Burton bought her in 1968 (they were married—for the first time—in 1964), and the ruby necklace, bracelet, and earring set given to her by Mike Todd that she famously wore for laps in the pool.
But the famous jewels are only part of the story. “No one knew she had this enormous collection of clothing,” said Meredith Etherington-Smith, Christie’s curator for the Taylor fashion auction, during a private preview and luncheon of the exhibition this afternoon, co-hosted by Christie’s chairman Marc Porter and Orianne Collins. “We knew she would run around in caftans—we didn’t know Ms. Taylor was buying serious fashion for over 50 years. And when I say serious, I mean couture.”
Of course, there’s a chorus line of Taylor’s infamous Thea Porter caftans on display, but other highlights in the multi-floor exhibition are the evening bolero jackets by Gianni Versace (“some of the best things Versace ever did,” according to Etherington-Smith), Taylor’s Louis Vuitton luggage collection with lavender name tags (they read MINE), her red velvet Valentino evening gown (they were great friends), and her incredible collection of Dior evening dresses. “There’s the last Dior dress with red bugle beads that was designed for Taylor by John Galliano in 2010, and it comes with a wonderful letter explaining that no, it won’t be transparent when you wear it,” said Etherington-Smith. “At that point, she was confined to a wheelchair but she could still order up a mean Dior.”
Taylor, say the Christie’s team, was a collector and curator as much as a fashion plate. “This is about connoisseurship and collecting, not consumption,” Porter told Style.com. “To learn that she was one of the most refined collectors of our time was an absolute revelation.”
The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor exhibition runs December 3-12, Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, $30 admission. Online auction runs December 3-16.
Olympia Le-Tan To Show At Pitti W, Unis Heads West, Bid On Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels Online, And More…
Olympia Le-Tan will be a guest designer for Pitti W’s next ready-to-wear and accessories trade fair in Florence. On January 12, Le-Tan will debut a collection of bags “inspired by a number of Italian literature masterpieces—a longtime passion of hers.” [WWD]
The John Galliano label has launched an e-commerce shop [www.gallianostore.com]. Offerings on the site include John Galliano’s final collection he made before his departure from the company. [Vogue U.K.]
The menswear line Unis is opening its first shop in Los Angeles on Friday. Designed by Eunice Lee, the line of basics has developed a strong New York following. Of her first L.A. venture, Lee says, “I’m hoping to just slide right in and offer guys here something a bit more sophisticated.” [T]
Not only will Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels and clothes be on auction at the Christie’s sale in December, but there will also be an online auction December 3-17 at Christies.com. Shoppers can get a sneak preview of the collection starting November 18 on Moda Operandi. [Hint]
Karole Armitage has been a driving force on the international dance scene for more than 30 years—and has the friends and internationally renowned collaborators, like Jeff Koons, Carroll Dunham, and David Salle, to show for it. “Jeff Koons and I became good friends in the eighties, when he was not at all successful as an artist,” Armitage tells Style.com. “And Philip Taaffe slept on my floor in Florence.” Now, Koons, Taaffe, and five other artists have bonded together to help out the legendary choreographer and her company, Armitage Gone! Dance, which is in need of financial support. The artists have donated their postwar and contemporary artwork (from $18,000 to $250,000) for a Christie’s auction, taking place in New York this week (November 9).
“The artists are the great heroes,” Armitage says. “They give selflessly over and over again.” In the mix, there’s a self-portrait pastel piece from Francesco Clemente, an inkjet print from John Baldessari, a bronze dancer sculpture from Eric Fischl, and the inflatable pig costume (seven feet high) from Armitage’s 1989 collaboration with Jeff Koons. “Jeff has an astonishing ability to hit the nail on the head by pointing out things that seem obvious, but which no one else can express,” she says of the costume. The money raised from the auction will allow Armitage to create a new ballet.
In the meantime, Armitage is hard at work on several wide-ranging side projects, including a new tent show for Cirque du Soleil; a ballet focused on the art of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock; and a “catwalk homage to the icons of style, from models to Indian chiefs to rock and movie stars” called Rave, complete with costumes by Donna Karan.